The Oddballs season 1 review A delightful show for kids with humour and imagination

Oddballs Episode Guide

Raising Toasty

Breaking & entering

Are you wanted dead or fly?

Line Cutters

Boy with 2 Brains

Emo, as in the Wolfstank

Behind Frenemy Lines

Pillow Fight Club

Grandma’s Boy

Blood Excuse

Very Near Home Alone

Nugget Nonsense

If you’ve not yet viewed the content on the YouTube channel of TheOdd1sOut channel, You’re missing out. With more than 18 million subscribers and thousands of viewers for each video, James Rallison has created an extremely user-friendly (and lucrative!) channel that’s as fun as instructive.

With hopes of becoming a cartoonist but with having no formal drawing training, Rallison is an example of how dedication and passion can enable you to reach your goals. And currently, he has his own exclusive Netflix series.

It was entirely created during the lockdown. This animated show for kids is fun, well-animated, and filled with fun segments that adults and children can appreciate. This show is particularly appealing because it has the same look and style as TheOdd1sOut’s YouTube channels.

If you’re not aware of what this show concerns, Oddballs is about a lookalike marshmallow named James who is joined by his wild crocodile buddy Max as they explore the world and engage in various mishaps. Each episode explores and pokes fun at the fads, puns, or social issues, turning them into a manner where there’s a moral lesson in play and a healthy dose of imagination.

There’s a long storyline running through this, and the final episode is linked to previous episodes, but I’m not going to reveal the plot here since the finale is a beautiful way to tie everything in. In most cases, the episodes here function as episodic standalone romps making it easy to slide between episodes of this show. However, I’d suggest taking the time to watch all of them because there are characters which are tied into the larger overall.

Oddballs slowly introduce its more extensive collection of characters with a spunky green-haired lady Echo and the feisty Mr McFly, among other characters. They’re an excellent addition to the show that bounces around Max and James perfectly.

The humour in this show is hilarious, and some profound themes, such as corruption and manipulation, are explored within the show. In episode 2, for instance, James changes his 1-star rating for the restaurant to 5 stars to ensure the restaurant can provide him with something that he requires. Another episode explores morality via the concept that there are “dual personalities” disguised as the slimy bully Stuart that takes over James his body. The show, however, maintains a level of slapstick and physical comedy that keeps youngsters entertained over a long duration.

Each episode runs approximately fifteen minutes or so; the pace of this is perfect, and the animation drawn by hand can give it an appealing feel.

If you’re familiar with TheOdd1Out’s YouTube channel, the Netflix series does it justice. It’s a hilarious and enjoyable journey that’s entertaining, written and enjoyable.

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